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Author:  pipepusher [ 12 Jun 2011, 19:19 ]
Post subject:  Re: Spring Bear 2011

A trip was made to my site today to re-bait. The barrel had been raised 8" and it was still cleaned out. Lots of bears. Most are small. I count 10, mostly black. With 2 1/2 weeks left in the season, I need to wean the little ones so I raised the barrel another 4".

I spent more time watching my backside than usual.

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:lol: :lol: :lol:

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times and dates are off

Author:  Swamp Rat [ 13 Jun 2011, 11:04 ]
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:? Pipepusher....are the dates correct on the trailcams? Are you actually trying for a bear or just keeping them interested in free food?

Author:  pipepusher [ 13 Jun 2011, 12:31 ]
Post subject:  Re: Spring Bear 2011

The times are not right.

These are from last weeks pics.

Yes, I am still going to try and kill one.

Yes, I like playing with them.

The dog season ended on the 10th, that should help.

Author:  Swamp Rat [ 13 Jun 2011, 21:52 ]
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Best of luck with your hunts. Hope you have a camera along to share some good photos with us.

Author:  pipepusher [ 20 Jun 2011, 15:59 ]
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OH-OH, what is this??

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The barrel was cleaned out again when checked on Friday,
and bigger scat piles are showing up. The bait was freshened up early then I backed out for 2 hours before returning to sit for 5 hours.
I climbed into the stand to find the seat had been chewed out.
Gone! Just 2 belt straps left. :o


The barrel is discriminating nicely.

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Only had 1 show up, 5 min. after dark
(yes I was still on stand) ;)

Author:  Swamp Rat [ 21 Jun 2011, 15:44 ]
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:lol: :lol: You must have left some serious odors on your stand seat that something would climb up and eat just the seat!!!! :shock: :lol: :lol: Are those temps correct on your trailcams? If so, I am sooooo jealous! :cry:

Author:  pipepusher [ 22 Jun 2011, 08:53 ]
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Those are the right temps. Swamp Rat.
What do ya think that light is?

Author:  Swamp Rat [ 22 Jun 2011, 13:34 ]
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pipepusher wrote:
Those are the right temps. Swamp Rat.
What do ya think that light is?



I think that light is another trailcam going off opposite the one that got the picture. :?

Author:  pipepusher [ 25 Jun 2011, 18:42 ]
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Just got back.

Pipe has one on ice.

Story tomorrow.

Author:  Swamp Rat [ 26 Jun 2011, 07:25 ]
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I am looking forward to the upcoming post (& pictures)!

Author:  pipepusher [ 26 Jun 2011, 09:44 ]
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A bait run was made Tuesday. I was going to surprise them Friday, on the third day. On the ground. ;)

____________________

Another great day in creation and a fulfilled quest.

When turning up my creek road, I said aloud "Start thinking bear".
There was no one else in the rig.
I slowed , looking for the small pullout, well below the trail head.
There-- on the right. That tall burnt sump was never there. " No pipe that is a bear" .
So the customary thing, running and looking for ghosts was done.
O.K. back at truck. " Get serious ".
Heading in on foot , Pipe knew from bumbled camera work, that bears were working the site from 11:00 A.M. on.
" Slower, look. "

A dark shadow rolls off. It was a large raven.
No, there is something else. Yes- bear.
I go down. Bear stands up, at feeder, goes down.
The 4 legged non collapsible chair was set on the sloped ground. It was a lousy rest. It was shaking all over the place.
Bear up- down. Up- down,up-down.


I am low, left and back of camera.

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At the shot the bear headed down hill for the creek.


Looking for a bullet hole

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The crimson trail clearly showed a crossing. A little upstream, I crossed the, mostly white water on an old 3' in diameter cedar.
The top of which was worn flat from wilderness traffic.
The bear was found in what looked like a bed. Or a blind.
Sure enough, when I climbed in and looked, there was a hole in the foliage that had a small direct view back towards the site.



A little bigger than average-- 190lbs.

In the process 7 non shooter bears were weaned from the site.
He was the 2nd smallest out of the 7 there now.
But I really wanted something to upholster my 44.


1st load out

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Author:  Swamp Rat [ 26 Jun 2011, 12:48 ]
Post subject:  Re: Spring Bear 2011

Pretty interesting story and pictures Pipepusher....but you do seem to talk to yourself a lot :shock: :lol: How far down in the woods are you hunting from civilization? Looks like you have put in a lot of work for your bear.

Author:  pipepusher [ 27 Jun 2011, 14:46 ]
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I am far enough to not have any human interference.

I got to spend a little time with the fur today.

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Just started

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Any words of wisdom?

Author:  Swamp Rat [ 27 Jun 2011, 15:41 ]
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Maybe Doc will jump in and help with some advice on tanning the bear hide...he did a couple this past winter for a friend of his. The one I got while hunting with him, we salted down until I could get back to Texas with it and then I fleshed it very clean, then soaked it a few days in a solution of battery acid/water/salt. After that I rinsed it in clean water with baking soda to kill the acid, then rinsed a couple times in clear water....then the work began! :? Stretch-pull-twist-pull-scrape-stretch, on and on until it became fairly pliable and cured well. I now have it as a rug in my office. I would never do one for myself again.....probably go to the tannery and let them use their machines to work it into good soft leather and fur.

Author:  doc9013 [ 27 Jun 2011, 18:17 ]
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Congrats on the bear pipepusher !!!! You sure did earn that one. 8) 8) 8)

Swamp is right, they are a LOT of work to soften after tanning. I don't have a fleshing machine so I can't thin them , and I never get them as soft as I would like, the hides are just too thick. You can get them fairly soft with a lot of work. Start breaking them as soon as they start to dry out after tanning. The thinner areas of the hide will dry first, so start working them first. I push/pull mine down over an old sawhorse, and I also mounted an old shovel blade into a big block of pine and work the hide over that. It takes time and effort, but you can get them fairly soft. Good luck.

Author:  pipepusher [ 03 Jul 2011, 12:51 ]
Post subject:  Re: Spring Bear 2011

Thanks guys.

It is always an adventure in the bear woods. Right ?
I went to retrieve barrel and stand Saturday. While driving down the old railroad grade, I picked up an historic souvenir.


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Pipe is thinking of possible Fall sites, while still learning from the closed site.
One question asked a lot is-" How long for a site, after a kill, to normalize?"
At this time and place, the bears were all back on schedule, 1st thing in the morning.


Wishing you all a safe and free holiday.

Author:  Swamp Rat [ 03 Jul 2011, 22:27 ]
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Well pipepusher you don't have to GUESS what caused that blowout! On one lease I am on it once had miles and miles of old logging trams back in the 30s, we still find the small rail spikes from time to time. I sure hope I never find one sticking in a tire!

Author:  Swamp Rat [ 10 Jul 2011, 09:55 ]
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Pipepusher, what'd you ever do with the bear skin? Have you got all of your vehicle tires back "in the round"? :roll: :lol:

Author:  pipepusher [ 10 Jul 2011, 20:43 ]
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Yes I am back on the road. Swamp
I have fleshed the skin a second time and it is now in a salt water soak for a couple days.

I have been looking at beaver traps. A few the right size would be nice. Mine are all a little small.

and you,
what are you doing ?

Author:  Swamp Rat [ 10 Jul 2011, 20:45 ]
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Just trying to stay cool here in this east Texas heat and humidity! We need rain in a bad way. Good luck with the bear hide.

Author:  Whistle-Pig [ 10 Jul 2011, 21:17 ]
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I have been wanting to go bear hunting for years. Maybe next year :lol:

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